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Seminole County FL - MAY 20 COVID 19 UPDATE

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (May 20, 2020)- Seminole County Office of Emergency Management has been under a Local State of Emergency (LSE) since March 2, 2020, and continues to monitor COVID-19. There have been 443 confirmed cases in Seminole County, 435 of which are Seminole County residents; 392 confirmed cases have been completed and there have been 12 COVID-19 deaths in the County. The County’s confirmed cases range from age six months to 100 years. Updates can be found at prepareseminole.org and on the County’s social media channels. 

TODAY: 2:00PM PRESS CONFERENCE
Today’s 2:00p.m. press conference will be held at the Seminole County Public Safety Building, 150 Eslinger Way, Sanford. Areas of focus include COVID-19 response updates, the current burn ban, drowning prevention and waterway safety. Speakers include:

  • Jay Zembower, Seminole County Board of County Commissioners Chairman
  • Alan Harris, Seminole County Emergency Manager
  • Donna Walsh, Florida Department of Health-Seminole Health Officer
  • Otto Drozd, Seminole County Fire Department Chief
  • Chad Weber, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Field Public Information Officer

FOR MEDIA USE ONLY: Reporters who are not present can text questions to Ashley Moore at 407-509-5862. Find the live stream at Facebook.com/Seminolecounty.

POP UP COMMUNITY COVID-19 TESTING DRIVE THRU SITES
Pop Up Community Testing continues on Saturdays through the end of the month, provided by American Muslim Community Clinic and Bueno Pharmacy. Appointments are preferred but not required for the following locations:

  • May 23, 2020, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.- St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 861 Maitland Avenue, Altamonte Springs
  • May 30 , 2020, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.- Iglesia Renacimiento Cristiano, 150 Dog Track Road, Longwood

True Health will also offer a Pop Up Community Test Site tomorrow. Patients will be serve:

  • May 21, 2020, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.- Jackson Heights Middle School, 41 Academy Avenue, Oviedo

Find more information regarding criteria at PrepareSeminole.org. Please note, antibody testing is not available at these sites.

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE SURVEY
Seminole County Economic Development launched a Consumer Confidence Survey to gauge how comfortable residents are while shopping, dining, and conducting business. The survey is available at the PrepareSeminole.org business tab and updated results are published three times per week on the site, as well. Over 600 consumers have responded to the survey since May 15, 2020.

BURN BAN ENACTED
Seminole County Fire Department and Seminole County Office of Emergency Management enacted a countywide Burn Ban in accordance with County Code, Section. 85.24:

When dry weather conditions result in a Keetch Byram Drought Index reading at 500 or higher, such reading operates as an automatic prohibition on open burning except for burning done by, or under the direct supervision of, authorized County or municipal personnel or with the authorization of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Forest Services. This automatic prohibition will continue to be in effect in seven (7) day increments for as long as the Keetch Byram Drought Index is at or above 500. 

The countywide, mandatory Burn Ban prohibits all outdoor burning that has not been specifically permitted by the Florida Forest Service. Bonfires, campfires, and the burning of vegetative (yard) debris is not allowed at this time. The use of consumer fireworks is strongly discouraged, as well.

Above ground charcoal, gas, and electric grills are permitted for use. Seminole County urges individuals to ensure charcoals are extinguished upon completion of cooking when using grills. Barrel-type barbecue smokers are also allowed, as this is not considered “open burning.” Individuals utilizing these methods of cooking should avoid using outdoor cooking methods if in close proximity to heavily-wooded areas.

FRIDAY, MAY 22 MEMORIAL DAY REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY 
Seminole County is proud to honor the members of our nation’s armed forces and first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty through a Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony at the Seminole County Heroes Memorial this Friday, May 22, 2020 at 9:00a.m. Historically, this event has hosted honored guests and members of the public to join in the ceremony. This year, out of an abundance of caution, members of the public who would like to view the ceremony live are encouraged to join virtually on Seminole County’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/seminolecounty) where the event will be live-streamed. 

MEDIA USE ONLY: A designated staging area for media will be available beginning at 8:45am at the Heroes Memorial in front of the Criminal Justice Center, 101 Eslinger Way, Sanford.

STAY INFORMED
Seminole County Office of Emergency Management and Florida Department of Health-Seminole personnel are available Monday-Saturday from 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. by phone to answer non-emergency questions related to COVID-19 at 407-665-0000. Spanish-speaking operators are on standby to assist. 

Visit PrepareSeminole.org for information related to COVID-19 in Seminole County. 

Text COVID19INFO to 888-777 to receive updates from Seminole County Office of Emergency Management. 

Visit Nextdoor.com, Facebook.com/SeminoleCounty, Twitter.com/seminolecounty, and Instagram (SeminoleCountyFL).

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